Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan DennardTruthwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel

bySusan Dennard

Hardcover | January 5, 2016

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On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a "witchery," a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble-as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It's a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her-but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safiya's hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safiya and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and privateer) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

"An instant new classic."--Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass, on Susan Dennard's Truthwitch

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world -- six out of seven continents (she'll get to Asia one of these days!) -- before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the ...
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Title:Truthwitch: A Witchlands NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.62 × 6.4 × 1.34 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765379287

ISBN - 13:9780765379283

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trust Me As If My Soul Were Yours So honestly, I wasn't too sure what to expect with this novel. There has been hype for this series since it was initially released. However, after reading a bunch of contemporary novels recently I knew I needed to dive into a new fantasy world. I knew Truthwitch needed to happen. The start was a bit shaky for me; we dive into this really diverse world. And everything is happening so fast; I'm not sure what a Threadwitch is; I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the two main characters or what is really going on. By chapter 3 I would say I became addicted. I didn't want to go to work, or sleep...and I'm addicted to sleep. The more I got into this world, the more I understood. The more the characters became their own individuals and my brain was wrapping around what type of witch could do what. And which character was from which Empire on the map. I really honestly love that this story is so much bigger than just friendship between two kickass females. Both Safi and Iz are such amazing role models, and I love that they will do anything and everything for each other. They are family. There were parts of this novel that are reminiscent of other series that I have read. But I really enjoy this world. I'm hooked - I'm totally into it all. I love the characters; I am totally into where I want them to go. I love Safi beyond belief, she doesn't trust her instincts, she doesn't really have family except for Iz. She is an unbelievable character...the amount of grown that happens just in book one is amazing. I cannot wait to see what else is going to happen. This is probably one of my favourite reads of this year. I love Merik; he's is wonderful and so righteous (and very Sexy, hot dang). I love Kullen; he is probably the person who you would want to watch your back and to be your best friend (besides Iz) And Aeduan, what can I say about the Bloodwitch. I'm in love. He is such a complex character it is so freaking awesome. Honestly, my hopes are for him and Iz. Not gonna lie, totally shipping them hardcore. Believing you will do well is half the battle -- Safi by the end of this novel is finally understanding that she is amazing, and that she and Iz are able to do anything they put their mind to. Together they are unstoppable. There are so many wonderful turns and flips that happen in this novel...and there are so many more to go. I'm dying, I need them all in my possession immediately. Trust me as if my soul were yours. Totally riding on cloud nine; and I never want to come down.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Unpopular Opinion Judging by the hype and popularity surrounding this novel, clearly my opinion of this novel is not the same as the consensus of the majority of readers. I just want to put that disclaimer out there because MANY people loved this book; however, I did not (understatement of the year). First, let me start at the beginning of the novel. The novel started with action right from the start with all these references to events, people, the world, and the unique magic system. The problem with this is that all of these things were so casually mentioned as if the reader knew. I actually even went online to search if I missed a novel because it felt as if I was reading a sequel. Carry that forward through the whole novel because I really didn't fully understand anything. I'm all for mystery and intrigue but I was mostly just confused. Pair that with a bunch of unique/uncommon names (both people and places) and I was lost. Another unfortunate thing about this novel was the different points of view from different characters. I understand that a lot of books do that and I'm not always a fan of that even with books I enjoy. The problem in this book was that I felt it was took to the extreme and that every character was getting a section with their own point of view. My interest piqued about 200 pages in when there was some romance but really, that was the only interesting part of the novel and it seemed short lived. In all honesty, this has to be my least favourite read of 2017 so far. I feel like I finished it with about the same knowledge of the story as when I started. I always finish a book but this book had me very tempted to not finish. I don't even know why I'm going to torture myself but I am going to read the sequel to see if I gain anything from this story. I have incredibly low expectations for it so hopefully (I beg) that I'll be surprised. Definitely a book that doesn't warrant or live up to the hype that it has been given.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Welcome to the Witchlands, where everything's made up and the plot doesn't matter... For Those Who Enjoyed: Throne of Glass, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stardust, Lord of the Rings, Rebel of the Sands Welcome to the Witchlands, where everything’s made up and the plot doesn’t matter... This book made me irrationally angry. Which is probably what I get for picking up a book with a Sarah J. Maas endorsement on the front cover. What kills me is that it took me two thirds of the way through before I even realised it was making me angry. And that’s not even to say Dennard is a terrible writer. She’s just not a character writer. ...and not a plot writer. What she is blatantly skilled at is action writing, something I personally struggle with. That being said, without the other two elements to buoy the narrative development, the rest of the story falls apart. Dennard should be writing for video games or DnD campaigns, just not… novels. Speaking of DnD, this entire world she’s created is essentially a dungeons and dragons adventure. There are bards and paladins and everyone’s got different powers and swords they’re constantly fighting things… Which could’ve been fun. If Dennard were doing anything particularly original with it. It’s a shame, because there are clearly elements where she’s trying so hard to make the world her own. Her world is called the Witchlands, where everyone wields some form of witchcraft or another and for some reason, despite the fact that some witches control the sea, or the weather, or people’s blood, or poisons, the Truthwitch is the most powerful, sought after of them all… I should just say, this story shouldn’t have followed Safi (the Truthwitch) at all. She’s the worst type of fantasy hero. She’s impulsive and selfish and completely lacking in self-preservation and motivation… The choices she makes are very quick short-term fixes to dire situations without any concern for the long-term. The novel opens with her losing all her money at cards because a guy who flirted with her once charmed her into believing him. (Let me remind you, her speciality is in identifying the truth). During several emergency situations that unfold because of this mistake, she proceeds to intentionally rip up her clothes multiple times, simply for convenience’s sake. The DnD player in me says ripping up her skirts so she can be more effective in combat and giving chase sounds aesthetically pleasing. Why don’t fantasy writers use this option more often? But then I think about it a little more and… Practicality. It’s just not practical. Which is literally every single decision she makes in this novel. Another example of poor choices the protagonist makes is although these villages seem to be full of perfectly nice people who might lend her things if she asked, she still beats passing strangers up on the streets so she can steal their weapons. Or not just weapons. Their horses. She beats people up and steals their horses. On numerous occasions! These villagers must be completely desensitised to being used and abused because Safi’s not the only culprit who gets away with it. Her love interest, Prince-and-occasionally-Admiral Merik has this seemingly loyal crew who adore him and think he’s the best, yet he chains them up below deck as punishment? This same person shows up for the first time ever at this new settlement for his people (who have been suffering from the royal family’s debts), and everyone’s celebrating him in the streets, even though there is literally no explanation as to what he’s done to warrant such devotion. There is literally no explanation as to why lots of things happen in this book. Which is why the development is so weak in all cases. Why are all the kingdoms at war? Why do all the rulers want the Truthwitch of all the other witches for their power grab? Why would the Emperor want lowly no one Safi as his Empress? Why isn’t this story about her soul sister, Iseult? Why isn’t this story about Iseult? Dennard missed such an opportunity by not making Safi’s BFF the protagonist here. Iseult has so much going on and is easily the most dynamic character in this narrative. On the surface, she’s got this meek, stuttering Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe, but you find out she actually packs more of a Willow punch with Buffy’s fighting skills. She comes from this nomadic tribe that’s being usurped by this creepy Puritanical preacher a la Fantastic Beasts. And she’s got this complicated relationship with her mother, who supposedly abandoned her when she was young, but in actuality, she was protecting her, and she’s taken on this new apprentice to replace her… She clearly comes from a minority background, like she’s representative of Native or Romani culture even though Dennard doesn’t ever put it into so many words, so she’s got a lot of old world traditions, and she’s constantly the center of casually racist threats (by the other characters, not the author). Meanwhile, she’s also got this ominous voice in her head gently swaying her to the dark side and even though everyone thinks she’s so powerless, she’s actually the most powerful of basically everyone… Why isn’t this story about her? I really wish Dennard had done the bold thing and killed off Safi. Iseult would’ve gone total Dark!Willow on everyone and destroyed everything. It would’ve been great and I would’ve loved it. Instead, we got Safi, being selfish and dumb and completely contradictory to her powers… Apparently, lie-detecting protagonists in fantasy is in right now, because this was the second of three books in a row I’ve read with such a trope. So I know for a fact girlfriend’s not doing it right. At all. Having read Traitor to the Throne immediately before this one, where Amani’s fact-checking every little thing someone says to her, Safi never once uses her power. And when she does, it’s like “oh, yeah, I believed it was true, even though it wasn’t, so my power did too”. Why is everyone running in circles, trying to find this useless girl when Iseult is bursting at the seams with every magic there is? Why wasn’t it about Iseult??? To sum up, this novel should’ve been about Iseult. And I’m upset about it. I’ll be reading and reviewing the new sequel, Windwitch, soon, so we’ll be able to see if Dennard makes good on that front…
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! A bit tough to dive in at first, but once the world has settled, it will be worth it
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Really Don't Get It I really don't get why so many people rate this highly. I've never read a Dennard book before, so I had high hopes, but I came out of this book with a headache. To put it simply: I felt like I was reading a car chasing movie fantasy-style. (I don't like car chasing movies too) I forced myself to finish it, but in the end I regret not just DNF-ing it.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!! I love this book series, it didn't focus too much on the romance and instead the adventures and friendship of the two main characters. Now I'm waiting for the next two book to come out.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from READ IT NOW I enjoyed the idea of the book, it didn't focus much on the romance and the MCs were total badass
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall? Recommended, since Dennard has always pleased. Truthwitch compares to a boyband, teenage heartthrob. In a legit way. The fans went crazy, the press went crazy, reviewers knew that they wanted to review the book and snatch a peek at it before everyone else did. To be honest, I was extremely impressed with the outcome of this popular 2016 novel, written by an exceptional author, Susan Dennard, who never fails to impress. It's thrilling, like a ride on the horseback where there are bumps in the way, though you can never stop reading/holding on since it is so beautiful throughout. Books like are spectacularly difficult to review because you feel like there are an equal amount of flaws and positives. Truthwitch is a wild ride, as I say for the third time probably. It is and at the same time is not your typical high fantasy novel. There are aspects that specifically relate to just Susan's writing and that you could only find if you dig into her thoughts. (That does not mean to sound as real as it actually does.) It is about different kinds of witches, and basically about how they are discriminated in this fictional world. Our main character is kick-butt Safi, who knows how to deal with hardships about equality and hiding her powers about being a Truthwitch. There's a hot prince and a nice world set that makes readers dream about what it is like to live in a mystical, fantasy world. I imagine turning to a magical world if I ever have a tough time. I'm a dreamer, what can I say? Truthwitch is a world I would adore to live in. You know how some Top Ten Tuesday posts ask you to list ten books that have worlds that you would want to live in? I would choose Truthwitch. Just as Susan Dennard's past series, Something Strange and Deadly, I feel like Safi is talking to me, that all of this fantasy is perfectly real, and that basically had me even more captivated. "When her witchery had manifested at nine years old, Iseult's heart had felt like it would pound itself to dust. She was crumbling beneath the weight of a million Threads, none of which were her own. Everywhere she looked, she saw the Threads that build, the Threads that bind, and the Threads that break. Yet she could never see her own Threads or how she wove into the world." (23) So for a quick round-up, let us talk about what was great and what was not... in a nutshell. The Flaws of This Good Tale: -I was constantly bored. This is a chunky novel, with a hardcover filled with 416 pages of glory. I was bored and my attention span continued to be going up and down like a line graph went... wrong/right? It was not exactly as I aspired this story to become, but at the same time, it was beautifully written. No doubt about that. My experience with boredom took out much of the 2 stars that were deducted from the five star rating. -The romance? Was it trying to become one? Yeah, there's a hot prince. Safi is involved with some kind of fling, but I do not feel like making ships with the characters and predicting what's happening next, because I probably would not bear to read the sequel of this lovely series. You see how I'm playing with words? It's pretty complicated. The Positives of This Good Tale: -Safi. She is your dream heroine, definitely comparing to Sarah J. Maas' Celaena. She was a witch (which makes things extra cool) and makes the story feel extra real. It is truly rare to find a character who makes the words flow into her mouth and out so wonderfully. I adore this precious lady. -The diction. Susan Dennard's writing is lyrical, medieval, and perfect for any setting she writes about. I loved the way the words came into my mouth, even if the action was not all there. I found that I could easily pay attention to the writing than the actual storyline and events.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE FEELS!!! I can honestly say that I loved this book as much as I did the first time around!! Mostly because of Merik hehe I'm going to divide this review into things I didn't like and things I loved – that way it's easier for me to organize my thoughts! Starting off with things I didn't like... I can totally understand why people had trouble getting into this book. I think the world building could have been developed a bit better. It felt like there were quite a few things that didn't make sense or weren't explained properly, and as a result, it made things hard to follow. Especially the different witcheries. I will admit that I mixed them up a bit...and this is my second time reading this book too. I really wish there was a little glossary at the back or a character list identifying who had what kind of magic, etc. That would have made things a lot easier. However, that being said, the world is interesting, and I definitely want to learn more about it and about life before the Truce etc. I'm also pretty sure that everything will make more sense as the series continues, but it would have helped if things were better explained from the beginning. The different character POVs didn't bother me all that much, but it would have been nice to have this book completely through Safi's perspective, and Iseult's, especially since this book is focused on their characters. And Windwitch could be through Merik's perspective, Bloodwitch through Aeduan's perspective, and so on. But it was done pretty well and I did like seeing through the different characters' POV. My only other complaint would be that I saw parallels between Sarah J. Maas's characters and the characters in Truthwitch. I guess it makes sense, since they are close friends, but it did kind of bug me a bit. Merik's anger and how it affects his powers was really reminiscent of Tamlin and also Rhysand. Though...anger was kind of a theme with all the characters (except Iseult). Like Merik is constantly angry and his winds are going crazy all the time, Safi is also angry, as is King Henrick, and Aeduan. I remember this during my first read-through too – there was a bit too much anger. And it seemed kind of repetitive. It does kind of make sense – I mean your powers would be affected by your emotions, but it would seem that at some point, you'd learn to control your power so that it doesn't set off whenever you're feeling something. Besides the whole "angry" theme, the idea of a Heart-thread seemed somewhat similar to that of the mating bond in ACOTAR/ACOMAF and that kind of made me a bit wary. We don't exactly know much about how the mating bond works in ACOTAR/ACOMAF – like is the bond just with one person and that's it? Can you have multiple mating bonds? I was discussing this with a friend, and we're both hoping that the Heart-thread bond isn't so restrictive and...well...binding (pun intended). Now for things I LOVED I absolutely adored Iseult's character. First of all, she's a POC who is surrounded by people who hate her because of how she looks – being a minority and a POC, I can relate to that so much! I know how it feels to be judged and hated, even if it isn't directed at me, but at other people of my faith or colour. Iseult's relationship with her mother and her community also hit a personal note, but besides that, the way Iseult has to hold back her feelings also struck a chord with me, cause I'm not the most emotional person and I tend to hide my feelings and opinions from others. Iseult is also more of a thinker, and I loved how she thought things through before acting. It was nice balance compared to Safi, whose so rash and outspoken. I did come to love Safi's character. She annoyed me in the beginning because of her recklessness, but I grew to like it by the end. I liked her unpredictableness – even though sometimes I just wanted to shake her and tell her to calm down. It was funny, especially with how she set off Merik all the time. Speaking of Merik – I'D LIKE TO ANNOUNCE MY ENGAGEMENT TO PRINCE MERIK NIHAR OF NUBREVNA. I literally spent today planning out my wedding and the names of our children and also our ship name, which if you didn't know is MERINA (also the name of a future child and a naval ship). YES I AM CRAZY... But oh my god is he good. I love everything about him. How much he cares for his people, his relationship with Kullen (STILL CRYING OVER THIS), his loyalty, his bravery, his gentle heart, his stubbornness...I could go on...I loved Safi and Merik's relationship – it was kind of instalovey, but done so well that I can't possibly complain. The sexual tension drove me crazy! Like, just look at this... "If I were looking for a casual tumble, then you are easily the last person I would choose." "Good," she retorted, "because you're the last person I would choose." "Which is your loss, I promise." "As if you're so talented, Prince." "You know that I am." DEAD. I AM DEAD. Besides this ship, that better be sailing in Windwitch, Kullen and Merik's relationship was so beautiful it hurt. And the ending hurt even more *cue the tears* I can't imagine how broken Merik and Ryber feel inside and it's honestly NOT FAIR. Okay, switching to Aeduan. I like him. He's an interesting character whose constantly wavering between the good and the bad side. There's so much of him I want to learn more of! I want to know more about his father (and his relationship with him and his mother – was she a Nomatsi???), and especially the Puppeteer and whatever they're planning. I'm seriously loving all this complexity. And I can't wait for it to all weave together and explode *hahaha* Before I finish...let's spend a few minutes talking about LEOPOLD. Like what is he? Is he a glamour-witch? Cause I swear the blood scent that Aeduan keeps smelling is actually Polly somehow. Also, I love people who show a different persona on the outside, but are completely different underneath. Those are the vibes I'm getting about Polly and I can't wait to see what happens with his character. I'm guessing that whoever Safi and Iseult were supposed to meet in Lejna was actually Leopold, cause he's definitely in on Uncle Eron's plans! Hopefully I can start Windwitch soon! I don't think I'll be able to wait too long to see what happens next!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good Additional Comments: This one took me a bit to get into, as I felt a little lost in the beginning, but it did grow on me the further I got, and it was a good read. I feel that it’s primary target is a female audience, age 14+, but there are things that male readers will like too.  Susan Dennard is building a world here and some aspects are richly developed.  I do look forward to the next installment, Windwitch. 
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truthfully amazing! Truthwitch was absolutely wonderful. While Dennard could have done more world building at the start of her tale to help readers grasp the story-line easier, she eventually gives us all the pieces of the puzzle needed in order to fully understand her genius. This book provides not one, but two, extremely strong female leads who love each other, protect each other, and build each other up at every opportunity. They are bad-ass fighters, strategic thinkers, and perfect role models (minus their tendency to gamble and steal). Perfect for fans of The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst and The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Truthful Stars! Witches, elemental powers, fierce battles, allies, enemies, truth, lies, epic journeys, and, oh!, so much more! Safiya is a Witch. A Truthwitch. She can tell a lie from a truth. Iseult is a Threadwitch. She can see the threadties that bind and threads that entangle lives together. In this world, Magic is bountiful. Witches of all Magicks are sought after for good and for evil. But this world is also cursed as the Wells that hold the Magic are dying or have been dead for too long. Warring countries try to survive without war, but the peace treaty that held them all at bay is coming to an end. This first instalment of Susan Dennard's epic fantasy of The Witchlands was, simply put, Fantastic! The world building is wonderful, the characters of Safi, Iseult, Merik, heck, all the characters are so richly drawn you feel something for each and every one. Even lesser characters with fleeting appearances leave their impression. The book starts slowly but builds to such a wonderful, epic story you will be reaching for the next instalment. Friendship and the ties that bind, survival and the lengths some will go, and honour and the devotion to vows made are the cornerstones of this book. It is absolutely a must read!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was absolutely amazing, I loved the magic aspect of it, and the friendships, just all of it was just fantastic! I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! THIS WAS SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SECOND ONE!!!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book. It reads like an adult fantasy in that the reader is thrown into the world with not a whole lot of background. I've seen a lot people critique this book because of that but it reminded me of adult high fantasy because of it. Too many teen fantasy books spoon feed the reader and spell everything out which is fine but it also means the reader doesn't have to use as much imagination. I'm excited to see more of this world built up in future books, but the characters and their relationships have me hooked. One potential worry I have is what type of sexual content the future books will contain. That was a problem I had with the Throne of Glass series where the earlier books were fairly tame but in the latest one, the main character is much more mature and this means that the situations described aren't appropriate for younger teenage readers.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Wasn't expecting this to be good but glad i was wrong
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read An interesting and unique book to read. The main two characters are really cool. If you like the Throne of Glass series, go read it. They both have strong female leads. Plus, the authors of those two series are friends, too!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic World Building I've been wanting to read TRUTHWITCH for a long time, and am so grateful that I have! The world building and history is AMAZING! Not to mention the powers that the witches use are unique and fairly uncommon in the realm of fantasy. Even after reading it, I have more and more questions about these tough characters, what their pasts are, and where their stories will lead. While the world is my favourite aspect of the book (but don't get me wrong, the writing itself is great), there still is a lot to be said about the characters. I won't lie–– there were times when I wanted to smack a couple of them upside the head (especially you, Merik, you jackass), but I could always get a good sense of their emotions and reasons, even if they did go about it the wrong way at times, *coughMerikcough* and at the end I was truly cheering for them, especially Safi who I know will become a powerhouse in the next novel. I'm extremely interested to see where Iseult and Adeuan's stories go, since they're both carrying secrets they might not even know about that are going to collide explosively. The more I think about this book, the more I realize that while most of it seems to be the groundwork for a larger story, I'm genuinely excited to see what happens next. Definitely something a lot of fantasy fans will enjoy reading!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars 3 1/2 stars. I picked up this book because of a recommendation based on the great friendship it portrays. The story does show a couple of great friendships (called Thread-sisters or Thread-brothers) but not with as much detail as I had expected. I found the beginning of the book to be really confusing because of all the names and terms introduced so quickly. This continued through most of the book, though not as much as at the beginning. I still have more questions than answers when it comes to such things as the Cahr Awen, The Wells, the Puppeteer, Carawen Monks, roles of different witches (Bloodwitch, Windwitch, Threadwitch), Cleaving etc etc. I hope these get fleshed out more in the upcoming books. I will definitely pick up the rest of the series because I suspect that, once I get a firmer grasp on this new world, the series will be a good one.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favourite Book!! When I was first reading reviews, I was worried the world would be too complex or hard to follow. I read the book over 2 large time intervals (couldn't put it down!) so everything that happened was fresh in my mind. I can possibly understand if you read 10 pages here, 10 pages there that some readers will miss out on some details and be confused. The author does use words such as domna and cleaving (I'm like what does that mean?) as well as sometimes writes the scene, then describes how/why it happened. (So for like 5 pages i'm like what? then i'm like ohhhh that's genius!) Now the characters are all planned well making you love them and seeing how it all plays out is remarkable. I would say don't be worried about this read especially if you are into fantasy, i'm sure you would be able to imagine the context of thing no problemo.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars I absolutely love the fantasy genre and after reading rave reviews, I quickly bought Truthwitch. I did enjoy it but to be honest, I often found the world to be confusing and the characters weren't memorable or unique. Fans of fantasy should definitely check Truthwitch out but I don't think it stands out among other incredible YA fantasy series.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did I read it wrong? I just didn't understand the hype around this one, I felt nothing for the characters or the progression of the story.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I FREAKIN LOVE THIS IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Really enjoyed this! Her female leads are super interesting and engaging, while also each quite flawed in their own way. Great action and suspense, clever wit throughout the book, really engaging writing. It is killing me waiting for the next one to come out!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy at its finest! I love, love, love this book! It had an amazing magic system, on top of an amazing world and intriguing characters. I could not put this book down! It is the best book I have read all year and cannot stop talking about it. It may be a little slow to start but the story in itself is so worth going though the detailed beginning!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous start to a new series! I love reading an author’s second series because of books like TRUTHWITCH. Dennard’s writing is gorgeous, and her characters fresh and original. The world of TRUTHWITCH is huge and it’s because of Dennard’s experience as a writer that the reader is never overwhelmed by it all. This is the book that will be talked about for years to come, a book that deserves every bit of hype. TRUTHWITCH is the tale of two threadsisters and Dennard is able to perfectly balance their stories, so that it never feels like one is more significant than the other. This is a multi-POV book; told in the POV’s of Safi (our Truthwitch), Iseult (Threadwitch), Merrik (Windwitch), and Aeduan (Bloodwitch). In a lot of cases, this is a big undertaking because there needs to be enough space given to each character. Dennard is absolutely perfect when it comes to this. The switch between POV’s is smooth and I felt like I got enough time with each and every character. I loved all four of our main characters. Safi was funny and ambitious, someone who acts before she thinks. Iseult was my favourite, mainly because I felt our personalities were very similar. She was introverted and calm, and I felt like she was very selfless, in the sense that she’d give up everything if it meant her friends and family were happy. Merrik is someone who would do anything for his country and is desperately fighting for its survival. He also has a lot of rage, which fits so well with his witchery. Then there’s Aeduan, the infamous Bloodwitch. Like Iseult, he was another favourite and I can’t wait to find out more about him. He’s very mysterious and a bit of an anti-hero, but that kind of makes me love him more haha. The characters go through some serious character development and I especially loved the actions of Safi at the end – it showed her growth. I usually mention this in my reviews, but world building is my absolute favourite and Dennard did not disappoint. If you’ve seen a map of this world, you might have noticed that it looks like an alternate version of Europe. I loved that! Dennard is so strong when it comes to giving the reader a good visual of her world. There are so many different cultures, but again we are never overwhelmed. We’d glimpse the world through the characters actions, through music and poetry, myths and legends. It was also great seeing both the good and bad of the world. For example, we experienced the discrimination of the Nomatsi through Iseult, which is her ethnicity. I actually think if you liked Avatar: The Last Airbender, you’ll like this. The world is based upon elemental magic and the scale of the world (very big!) is about the same. I also sensed a bit of Zuko in Aeduan, which was great. Dennard is truly a Wordwitch when it comes to writing. With magic and suspense at every corner, TRUTHWITCH is a must-read. The writing is visually stunning and the world equally so. Dennard has created a beautiful start to a fantastic, new series. Disclaimer 1: I won an advanced readers copy from the author, this has in no way altered my honest opinion of the book. Disclaimer 2: I wrote this review about a year after reading it, but I based it on notes written immediately after finishing it, so everything in my review is accurate.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and unique fantasy Truthwitch lived up to the hype. However I am a person who isn't influenced or really care about the hype but I'm glad it lived up to it, nonetheless. I was so completely immersed in the fantasy world and would look forward to picking up and continuing my journey with Safi and Iseult whenever I put the book down. Truthwich is unique in that the main relationship is the friendship between Safi and Iseult. They care for each like sisters, and would sacrifice themselves for the other. It was just so refreshing to have a storyline centred around friendship instead of romance. Both Safi and Iseult complete each other. Safi is the more adventurous and wild one while Iseult is the more reserved yet the one who plans things. Safi is a truthwitch, but that's something only few people know since Truthwitches have been hunted down for as far as anyone knows. Iseult is a threadwitch but she's not really that.. and you get to unravel her story as you read more. Truthwitch is definitely an adventure book. The girls are always running from something whether it is a bloodwitch an entire army of an opposing kingdom. On horseback, on foot, on ships.. basically the girls do a crap load of running away with a crap load of exciting fighting and adrenaline pumping scenes. One thing I enjoyed about Truthwitch is its unpredictability.. they didn't really have an overall goal they must reach. You didn't know where the book is going or the fate of the characters. I know this uncertainty confused people but I'm glad this was how it was written because let's be real, a ton of books I end up reading I can already predict the ending. Lastly, I love the world that Dennard built. We get to see a glimpse of it during Truthwitch, where a 20 year peace treaty is about to end and all the different kingdoms are shaking each other's hands while preparing for war behind closed doors. A last thing is that I appreciated that these two girls weren't really "chosen ones".. and if they are, no one really knows that, including themselves. Yes, they will play important roles in this world and story, but everything is unclear and I like that. I can't wait to pick up the sequel and continue the journey of Safi and Iseult.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An All Time New Favourite! Let me just start off by saying anything I say about Truthwitch won't do it justice. Not only does it live up to all the hype, it exceeds it. The world, the story, the characters, all elements to this book make it an unforgettable read. There are some minor issues but overall Truthwitch kicked some major butts! We dive straight into the world as the story takes off. Honestly at first, it was hard to grasp the world because of how quickly we're thrown in. It felt like I was suppose to already know the world and understand the magic when really I was confused and struggling to get a bearing inside this world. However, as we go further into the story, given time to absorb the details, I was able to thoroughly appreciate how complex and intricate the world and the magic system are. Each witchery was unique and served to help or obstruct our characters' paths. There was danger everywhere as they embark on their journey filled with actions and emotions. Safiya and Iseult have quite an unbreakable bond as Threadsisters. The unwavering love and loyalty they have for each other is truly inspiring. This kind of sisterhood is one to stand by (like Susan Dennard and Sarah J. Maas's). Bonus that they're both such bad asses (the characters and the authors) :D Like many others, I love them! Safi's power- what I took away from the story is that she can detect lies. That's about it. Compared to Safi's witchery, I loved Iseult's more. Her ability seems more practical and useful. It is and will be significant as evidenced by the clues presented in the later chapters. Merik's witchery was self-explanatory. He was powerful and definitely knew how to handle it. Aeduan is my favourite! Yes, shocking, I know but I can't help it. He may act like a vengeful madman but I see his complexity. Aeduan has sides that we have yet to fully see and I so can't wait to peel his layers away. From the way Ms. Dennard hints and reveals, I'm positive my wish will be granted ;) The romance and ships are lovely~ Safi and Merik have this delicious tension simmering between them. They're both so headstrong which is perfect to me. Whenever they clash, whether it was with their actions or in their opinions, it made me happy. They're very much a power couple. They aren't my favourite ship though! This might be slightly spoilery but I will say this couple is only hinted at but I ship them hard! Possibly even more than I ship Safi and Merik. They two just has this undeniable pull to them. My heart beats wildly fast whenever we get a scene of them together. I need more! I'm dying, DYING for Windwitch. And then I'm probably going to die some more waiting for Threadwitch. Can you imagine the state I'll be in by the time Bloodwitch rolls around? Despite all the torment, I happily welcome the wait because this series is worth it. READ IT!
Date published: 2016-01-07

Editorial Reviews

"Make room on your all-time favorites shelf: Truthwitch is an instant new classic. It reminded me of why I started reading fantasy in the first place: its fierce and vibrant world, richly-drawn characters, and dazzling intrigue harken to the best of Megan Whalen Turner, Robin Hobb, and Jacqueline Carey. And while it pays homage to the epic fantasies that have come before it, it also lays the foundation for a bright new chapter in the genre. I haven't been so enthralled and inspired by a book since I first read Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three. Do not miss out!" -Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series"Truthwitch has all of the elements I savor-a richly imagined magical world, ruthless politics, steamy romance, and characters who grab you and won't let go. At its heart, a partnership between two strong young women who might change the world." -Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Realms series"Featuring vibrant characters and an innovative system of magic, Susan Dennard's Truthwitch is a fast-paced adventure and a wonderful tribute to the power of the binding ties of friendship." -Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel's Legacy series"Sometimes, from not even halfway through a book, you know that you're going to make everyone you know read it. It's a book that, by the time you get to the end you crave the next book as if it were the most addicting chocolate on the planet. Truthwitch is that book for me. Gorgeously written, elegantly built, and perfect for ANY reader-Truthwitch is something you will not want to miss. Seriously." -Rachel Strolle, Andersons Bookshop"Full of magic, unbreakable friendships, and purpose, Truthwitch is absolutely everything I look for in a fantasy. Dennard's stunning prose weaves a lush and wonderful adventure tale that has already hooked this reader and will utterly enchant everyone else." -Gaby Salpeter, Books of Wonder